Wednesday, March 7, 2012

EU side event at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting in New York

Ireland’s Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch (who holds the following portfolios Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People), addressed a side meeting at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN head office in New York yesterday Tuesday Feb 28th “ENGAGING YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN IN ADVANCING GENDER EQUALITY”. Ms Lynch was speaking on behalf of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations but he focus was on primary and post primary schools in Ireland.

Apart from dealing with issues of gender equality in education Ms Lynch drew the attention of the meeting to a number of publications dealing with gender issues, Gay and Lesbian issues. She also highlighted contraception and crisis pregnancy. 

One of the publications referred to by Ms Lynch is called  Lesbian, Gay and bisexual students in Post-Primary schools Guidance for Principals and School Leaders
This publication was produced jointly by the Department of Education and Science and GLEN the Gay+Lesbian Equality Network.

Other publications referred to by Ms Lynch were the curriculum for Social Personal and Health Education junior cycle, Secondary Schools and Guidelines for Primary Schools on Gender Equality and Information on the work of the health service executive Crisis Pregnancy programme on Contraception including their think contraception campaign